Plea to First after second bus strike disrupts travel in Plymouth
UNION bosses have urged bus company First to "get back round the table" after the city was hit by a second drivers' strike.
A number of First Devon and Cornwall Services in Plymouth were taken off the road yesterday after talks between union chiefs and bus bosses broke down.
Members of the RMT union staged a strike last month, bringing most First buses to a halt.
First had offered drivers a one per cent rise this year and a proposed 2.7 per cent hike next year in a deal which also tore up existing terms and conditions on sick pay and overtime.
Workers rejected that, and then rejected a revised offer which included a more generous price rise, claiming the company had deliberately dragged out negotiations so it could sidestep shelling out back pay.
First said it prioritised school and college services yesterday, as well as reduced park and ride services in the city.
But spokesman Chris Bainbridge admitted there was still "serious disruption".
More than 20 RMT members set up a picket line outside the First Depot at The Ride, Laira Bridge.
General secretary Bob Crow said: "Yet again there's been rock solid support for the action.
"The company needs to understand the anger of our members over the penny-pinching approach they have taken. They need to get back round the table with our members and sort out a fair deal that enables us to resolve this."